Friday’s Long Walk (8/13/10)
Here’s a secret: I think I like walking more than running. I know they seem like very similar activities, but they feel very different to me. Running feels like hard work. I have to push myself to run, especially these days when I’m trying to get back into good running shape. I like the challenge; I embrace the challenge. Then I write about the challenge on this blog. But walking is different. Walking is my therapy and my sanity. I haven’t been walking much, at least not like I used to, and I’ve missed it. I feel the effects of not walking as much—my stress level is a little higher than I’d like, my mood a little lower.
Last night, I had planned to go for a bike ride. Then the sun disappeared, and I got nervous about riding around in the dark. Instead, I decided to take a long walk, following a big loop that took me about an hour to complete. I actually had no idea how long it would take to walk that loop, so it was a learning experience! Oh man, I really needed that walk. Underneath the big Texas sky, stars winked at me and a breeze ruffled my hair. It was still hot outside, even with no sun, but that fresh air was refreshing. And the moon! When I started my walk, the moon was a slim white crescent, following me down the street. When I returned, it had transformed into a fat yellow moon, still a crescent, but so much bigger! It hung low on the horizon, hiding behind buildings and trees. As I stood outside my apartment, I couldn’t even see it. I went to bed, wondering where it had gone.
The best part of my long walk was that it tired me out enough so that I went to bed a few minutes before bedtime (a rarity for me!) and when I woke up, I felt more rested than I have in days. That was a pleasant surprise. I’ll have to go walking again next week.